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SPRING 2012 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION

PROGRAM OF EVENTS FOR

GRADUATE EXCHANGE STUDENTS

Please note: Some room locations are subject to change. A final schedule will be available at Orientation Check-In on January 25thTo view a map of Binghamton University locations go to: 
http://www2.binghamton.edu/maps/

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25

9:00am Welcome Breakfast and Exchange Student Orientation Meeting    
            Hinman Commons
All Graduate exchange students must attend this meeting with Office of International Programs staff. Meeting starts at 9:00am

9:00am-Noon Check-In for Orientation  
            University Union, Tillman Lobby
Be sure to Check-In and pick up your Orientation packet

9:00am-4:00pm Check-in with Decker Student Health Services Center
            Decker Student Health Services Center, East Access Road
You may check in with staff from Decker Student Health Services Center, today. If you have not yet submitted your Medical History Report Form, please bring it so it can be reviewed. To avoid delays, fill-out your Medical History Report Form before you go to Decker Student Health Services Center.
http://www2.binghamton.edu/health/document/med_history_form_311.pdf

9:00am-12:00pm Services for Students
               University Union Room 120 
AT&T Mobile and M&T Bank will be available to answer your questions.

9:30am-12:30pm Get Your Student ID!
            Student Wing Room 109
Please bring photo ID with you to receive your official Binghamton Student ID.

11:30-12:45pm Lunch
            Susquehanna Room, University Union
You can purchase your lunch on campus with US Dollars or US credit card. University Union Susquehanna Room is open for lunch from 11:30am-1:00pm.

4:30pm-5:30pm Introductory Meeting for all International Students 
             University Union Room 111
This important meeting will be an opportunity to meet other International Students and to become familiar with the culture you will encounter in the United States. We will also review for you the characteristics of academic life at universities in the United States and answer your questions. If you attended a school previously in the US, this meeting will give you an opportunity to meet ISSS staff and learn about Binghamton University.

5:30pm-6:30pm Welcome Dinner for All International Students
            University Union, Old Union Hall
                   (You will need your name tag to enter this dinner)

Welcoming dinner for new international students and University guests. Your Orientation name tag is your meal ticket for this meal only.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26

Eating on Campus Today: Graduate students can eat on campus today. There is a listing of campus venues in your Orientation packet. You can purchase your meals with US Dollars or US credit card.
9:00am-4:00pm Check-in with Decker Student Health Services Center
               Decker Student Health Services Center, East Access Road
If you did not yet submit your Medical History Report Form, you must bring it to Decker Student Health Services today so it can be reviewed. To avoid delays, fill-out your Medical History Report Form before you go to Decker Student Health Services Center.
http://www2.binghamton.edu/health/document/med_history_form_311.pdf

Important! Many academic departments have Orientation Programs scheduled for new graduate students. Be sure you attend your department’s Orientation Program. Go to this link to learn about the Graduate School’s expectations of you:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/grad-school/new-and-current-students/new-graduate-students/orientation.html

FRIDAY, JANUARY 27

7:30am-9:00am Breakfast
                     
Susquehanna Room, University Union
Students can use their student meal-plan to purchase their breakfast. You will need to bring your student ID with you. If you live off campus and have not purchased a Sodexo meal plan, you can purchase your meal with US dollars or a US credit card.

9:00am-4:00pm Check-in with Decker Student Health Services Center
              Decker Student Health Services Center, East Access Road
If you did not yet submit your Medical History Report Form, you must bring it to Decker Student Health Services today so it can be reviewed. To avoid delays, fill-out your Medical History Report Form before you go to Decker Student Health Services Center.
http://www2.binghamton.edu/health/document/med_history_form_311.pdf

9:30am-11:00am Getting Good Grades
              
University Union, Old Union Hall
All international students are expected to attend this meeting. Discussions in both sessions feature current international students, BU faculty and staff, Orientation Assistants and International Student Volunteers.

9:30am Session 1 - What You Need to Know About Binghamton University:

  • This is “How To Get Good Grades” strategy and planning session. Learn what is expected of you academically:
  • What your professors expect of you
  • Academic Support programs and Research Assistance
  • Software like “Blackboard”, an essential tool in many BU classes
  • Who is your Academic Advisor and when to meet with your Advisor
  • Resources on Time Management and strategies for managing your course workload
  • Services of the Career Development Center - Career Planning
  • Using the Library System at BU

10:00am Session 2- Strategies for Success at a US University:
Any international student who has not studied in the U.S. needs to attend this important session. International Students who studied in the U.S. will also find this session a useful refresher on key skills for study in the United States.

  • Learn about the differences between Binghamton University and your home University system from a panel of successful international students:
  • Discussions of characteristics typical of Binghamton University classrooms
  • Who can help you understand what courses you should register for this semester
  • How you can practice speaking English 
  • Making friends
  • Tips on managing reading assignments in English when it is your second language
  • Learn what to do if you are unsure of your coursework and professor’s expectations of you

12:00 Noon Lunch
             College in the Woods Dining Hall, College in the Woods or Susquehanna Room in University Union
You can purchase your lunch with US Dollars or US credit card. If you have purchased a Sodexo Meal Plan you can purchase your lunch using the meal plan coded on your BU ID card.

1:00pm-2:30pm Bureaucratic Essentials for all International Students
             University Union, Old Union Hall
**Bring all your Immigration Documents to this event**

All new international students are expected to attend this event to have their immigration documents reviewed, signed and copied.
Be sure to bring your passport, I-94 Departure Card, SEVIS Fee Receipt if you have one and SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 to this meeting. If you have more than one SEVIS I-20 bring all the I-20s you have to this meeting. All students also need to bring the green New Student Biographical Data Form to this meeting.

2:30pm-4:30pm International Student Meeting
             University Union, Old Union Hall

All international students are expected to attend this meeting.
Ellen Badger, Director of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, Karen Keefe-Guzikowski, Associate Director and Shawna Szabo, Assistant Director, will meet with you to discuss current, federal Immigration Regulations governing the activities of students in F-1 or J-1 visa status. You will also get to meet the staff of the International Student Health Insurance Team, Terry Creeden, Coordinator and Lorraine Medionte, Staff Assistant, who will explain how to use your Health Insurance.


Friday, January 27-Sunday, January 29, 2012

To see the Dining Hall schedule go to: http://www.budining.com/
Special Note: Classes Begin on Monday, January 30th
Classes Begin for All Students!

Best Wishes for a Great Semester!

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Last Updated: 1/23/12